February 2017 - Wildebeest migration updates

Olare Motorogi Conservancy, Africa

The Loita herds are finally giving birth

It's the time of plenty on the conservancy and around the greater Mara. The Loita migration are still here, there have been some big rain around the area with around 50 mm in the past 24 hours. Many of the migrant birds have arrived including bee-eaters, harriers, steppe eagles and storks.

Finally the majority of the wildebeest cows are giving birth. There are little animals across many species scattered around the plains. 

The Loita herds in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy
The Loita herds in the Olare Motorogi Conservancy - Image by Olare Motorogi Conservancy
The Loita herds are finally giving birth
The Loita herds are finally giving birth - Image by Olare Motorogi Conservancy
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Little signs of birthing in Ndutu

16 Feb 2017 from Lemala Camps

Hi HerdTracker

Our guides are reporting herds in the Maswa area but its very dry and dusty in Ndutu so we are hoping for rain to bring them in. Little signs of birthing though.

Regards,
Tabby - Assistant Camp Manager - Lemala Ndutu

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Lack of rain causes unusual movement in the migratory patterns

16 Feb 2017 from Ndutu Safari Lodge

Hi HerdTracker

We have had no rains, and so the wildebeest are not doing their normal thing this year. They seem to be spread out from the central Serengeti to Moru, Maswa and Serengeti south. I have heard that there are a few calves seen. There is certainly nothing much happening at Ndutu in the way of migration. Just enough wildies around to keep the cats with full bellies.

Best wishes,
Ainslie

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Big herds spotted in Seronera

16 Feb 2017 from Lemala Camps

Hi HerdTracker

Our guests are so excited as they didn’t expect to see migration in Seronera in these numbers but for the last few nights our camp has been surrounded by the migration and during the day you can see them all flooding into the valley.

Exciting times at the camp and rather noisy. Excuse the quality of the image taken from my phone.

Kind Regards,
Ebenezer
Camp Manager - Lemala Ewanjan

Big herds spotted in Seronera
Big herds spotted in Seronera - Image by Ebenezer - Lemala Camps
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The herds are close to Asilia Namiri Plains Camp

09 Feb 2017 from Asilia Africa

Asilia Africa took this stunning picture of the herds close to their Namiri Plains Camp!

The herds are close to Asilia Namiri Plains Camp
The herds are close to Asilia Namiri Plains Camp - Image by Asilia Africa

Lodges closest to the herd right now

Watching an Elephant on an African game drive safari at the Masai Mara, Kenya

1 km

from herd

Ngare Serian

$ 640

per person per night

This refuge of serenity may not suit those who seek a tame, barren surroundings Rather, it fits the more audacious voyager who seeks out safari's real character. Because of its intimate and select character, Ngare Serian is suited to being set aside in its entirety for family gatherings or close friends on a private basis. Each of the four, tented suites stands on a rich hard wood deck, sat above the burbling Mara river deep in the North Mara Reserve.

Guests viewing Elephants in Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

3 km

from herd

Wayo Green Camp

$ 326

per person per night

Our walking safari camp is part of the Wayo Africa Walking Safari experience. It is truly one-of-a-kind and is the highlight of many people's safaris. The aim of our camp is to access remote areas in the easiest manner possible while maintaining high levels of comfort. Our camp is designed to fit on a small trailer that can easily be towed in to the bush, allowing for movement as the animals move.

Tents are 3-man dome style tents that are easy to set-up with plenty of floor space for two people. It is great for a good nights rest in a really remote area. Sleeping is on comfy 4-inch mattresses on the ground and the bedding is cotton covered duvets and cotton sheets.

Guests having a Bush Meal at Karen Blixen Camp

3 km

from herd

Karen Blixen Camp

$ 502

per person per night

Karen Blixen Camp is an eco-friendly luxury camp that gives a sense of the exiting explorer days when the savannah was seldom visited and elaborate and comfortable camps were set up providing a luxurious and stylish retreat after each day’s adventure.

Karen Blixen Camp comprises 22 large luxury canvas tents each placed with an undisturbed view along the Mara River. The stylish restaurant, the reception, the lounge and bar and the gift shop with internet are set on a raised wooden deck and furnished with accurate reproductions of Karen Blixen’s private furniture to fit in with the cozy atmosphere. The beautifully laid swimming pool offers relaxation and even a little exercise in-between game drives.

Karen Blixen Camp is the perfect place to sit back and relax with a gin and tonic overlooking the Mara River and the wildlife coming to drink, whilst exchanging stories about the adventures of the day.

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5 km

from herd

Kimondo Camp

$ 714

per person per night

Like the herds of antelope that have made the Serengeti the most famous wilderness region on earth, Kimondo is a traveller. As the seasons wax and wane so this migration camp crafted of wood and canvas follows the herds on their never-ending journey across the grasslands of East Africa.

From July to October home for Kimondo is near the sinuous Mara River on the famous Lamai Wedge, where massive herds brave the jaws of hungry Nile crocodiles. As winter eases and summer warms the land, the herds move south to calve in the lush grasslands of the southern Serengeti. As the herds move, so does Kimondo, to ensure you’re never far from the heart of the migration.

But unlike the thundering wildebeest, Kimondo – like its sought-after sister-camp Olakira – leaves no footprint behind. Entirely solar-powered, it’s a migration camp that touches the earth lightly while providing authentic luxury on the Serengeti plains. With just eight comfortable tents Kimondo offers an intimate safari experience; a sumptuous taste of how the early explorers discovered the wonders of East Africa.

From rich hand-woven rugs to burnished copper lanterns a sultry mix of Moroccan exoticism and East African safari romance resonates at Kimondo, where king-size cast-iron beds rest under canvas ceilings as the rustle of the savannah lulls you to sleep. Or leave sleep for a while and linger at the fireside, swopping tales of your day in Africa as the embers crackle up towards the Milky Way. Kimondo translates as ‘shooting star’ and in Tanzania’s crystal-clear skies you’ll be sure to see more than a few.

Cheetah Spotting at Sayari Camp, Serengeti

7 km

from herd

Sayari Camp

$ 753

per person per night

When Sayari Camp opened in 2005 it blazed a trail in Tanzania, allowing safari travellers to access one of the most dramatic and under-explored corners of the northern Serengeti. Today, this upmarket Serengeti lodge is one of the finest in Africa, offering luxurious lodgings in some of the best Big Five countries on the continent.

The remote and starkly beautiful landscape forms the inspiration for Sayari, with the turret-shaped roofs on each of the 15 expansive tented suites mirroring the iconic Turner Hill to the north. Indoors, rich mahogany floors and delicate tones of sand, stone and acacia reflect the views washing in through the floor-to-ceiling windows.

En-suite bathrooms, with spacious showers and egg-shaped baths large enough for two, offer similarly impressive Serengeti views. Fine linens and safari-chic décor offset the wilderness that lies just beyond the canvas walls, with king-size beds and private verandas to complete the world-class experience.